Operative [Rail Testing & Lubrication]

Network Rail

Operative [Rail Testing & Lubrication]


Network Rail, Inverness

  • Full time
  • Permanent
  • Onsite working

Posted 3 weeks ago, 23 Jun | Get your application in now before you miss out!

Closing date: Closing date not specified

job Ref: 21b01ecdfedf4b8880372fe51ac8965f

Full Job Description

Carrying millions of people daily, the track is made up of rails, railway ties (sleepers), fasteners, railway switches, ballast and foundations. These components of the railway track play different roles in providing support for trains. Our RTL Operatives keep all this in tip top condition to keep passengers and freight moving safely and without interruption.

Using a variety of ultrasonic inspection techniques and specialist tools to check for rail defects and maintenance of trackside lubrication units. Inspection and maintenance teams are briefed at the start of each shift on the work to be completed.

As this is an entry level role, RTL Operatives support and learn from the wider RTL team. This can involve fetching, carrying and using maintenance tools. Teamwork is a huge part of the job. All RTL Operatives receive full training and guidance, learning how to use a range of range of tools and equipment safely. Pending successful learning and development, RTL Operatives can progress to RTL Technicians.

To reduce disruption to rail services and to increase safety for maintenance teams, this work is often done at night or over weekends. Being able to work a varied shift pattern is important but we’ll provide your roster 4 weeks in advance so you can make plans with family and friends in good time.

We’re looking for people with bags of potential who have:

· A full clean driving licence

· Problem solving skills

· Good communication skills

· Teamwork skills

· A strong safety ethic

· Willingness and ability to work shift patterns with a mixture of daytime, evening and weekend work

· The ability to undertake physical manual work outdoors, whatever the weather

· Willingness to undertake medical assessment and drug and alcohol testing, as part of our recruitment process and whilst you’re working for us (it’s a safety requirement)

We encourage our colleagues to work flexibly, as we know traditional working patterns don't always fit. If you want to consider working flexibly, just let us know and we'll do our best to help and invest in your career with us, whilst you have a healthy work life balance.

We're also a Disability Confident Leader employer and we'll try our best to adapt the process and offer a reasonable alternative to help support people with disabilities access, apply and interview for roles.

Scotland's Railway is part of this large family and it covers a large geographical area from the Borders to Thurso at the far tip of the North East of Scotland, accounting for almost 20 per cent of the UK rail network. We provide rapid access along busy commuter routes to our seven cities, servicing the varied needs of our business and leisure commuter services, including cross border services and rural services. We have up to 50 freight services operating every day and we are steadily building capacity for this to grow. Our ambition to be responsive to passengers and freight users, drives us every day and we're empowered to do the right thing for those who use the rail network. We actively challenge unsafe practices and take responsibility for addressing risks, resolving issues and protecting safety and wellbeing.

Brief Description

Get your career on track


  • starting salary

  • With a starting salary of £29k
  • and no experience needed, a career in the Rail Testing & Lubrication team is one that pays. Whether you’re a school leaver, looking for a career change, or returning to work after some time out, we want to hear from you. No skills or qualifications required, here at Network Rail we’re looking for potential.

  • So, what’s the catch? Well, life trackside is challenging, it’s physical, you need determination, but the rewards are worth it. Our Rail Testing & Lubrication Operatives work outdoors and around the clock to check for rail defects and maintain the trackside lubrication units that keep Britain moving. Have you got what it takes?, · Competitive starting salary of £29,044 for RTL Operatives with the potential to increase to £34,244 for RTL Technicians

    · A fresh start - you don’t need to pay for expensive training courses or re-sit any exams, this is an entry level job and full training will be provided

    · Development in a range of practical trades and skills to get you to the next career level; many maintenance workers progress to management roles - there’s no stopping you at Network Rail

    · Great pension plus the chance to join Network Rail’s leading defined contribution pension scheme after five years’ service

    · 75% discount on leisure rail travel for you and your family

    · 30 days' annual leave, Salary: £29,044